John Baldessari
Wall Painting

Exhibition: July 26 – August 31, 2019
Forum: August 31, 2019

Renowned American conceptual artist John Baldessari’s Wall Painting will be staged at UQ Art Museum in collaboration with UQ students. Existing only as a concept for over 50 years, Wall Painting was first initiated in late 2017 by curator Tara McDowell at Monash University, Melbourne. The concept is simple: each day, for 31 days two UQ students are invited to paint one wall of the UQ Art Museum a single colour – any colour – of their choosing, in exchange for an honorarium. Participants negotiate with one another to learn about time, decision-making and its relationship to their labour.

Apply for Wall Painting 

Can I select the colour of paint? Yes

Can I choose the day I paint? No, but you will provide your availability and we will work with you to select a date that works best.

Am I paid for my work?  Yes, you and your painting partner will each receive a small fee of $50 for the day’s work.

How big is the wall? 5 x 3.7 meters.

How do I paint the wall? With house paint, a roller, pole, and brushes, which are all provided.

What if I don’t know how to paint a wall? We are offering three 'how to paint' workshops between 15 to 19 July, 2019. All participants will be required to attend one of these workshops.

How long will it take me to paint the wall? Usually a few hours as you will need to do two coats of paint.

Can I paint with a friend/collaborator? Yes, a painting partner is required.

I’m not a UQ student – can I apply? No, sorry this process is only open to UQ students.

Is the gallery space open while I’m painting? Yes, this is part of the project.

Do I have to be there at a specific time? Yes, all painters and volunteers are required to arrive at 9.45 am on the appointed day. This is not negotiable as it impacts on the documentation of the project.

Will I be photographed? Yes, consent to be photographed will need to be signed.

Are there any programs offered as part of this installation? Yes, on Saturday 31 August, 2019, there will be a talk with the other participants about the outcomes of the project. 

Who is John Baldessari? This is a good introduction to the artist

John Baldessari is regarded as one of the most influential artists of the last fifty years. Initially a gestural painter, his later practice is concerned with investigating the problems he identified in contemporary art, explored humorously by incorporating text into his paintings. Baldessari was born in National City, California in 1931. Recent exhibitions include: John Baldessari, Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland (2018); All Z’s (Picabia/Mondrian), Marian Goodman Gallery, New York (2018); John Baldessari: Interference effects, selections from the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his family foundation, Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, Montana (2018); and John Baldessari: BLAH, Mixografia, Los Angeles (2018).

John Baldessari, Wall Painting, initially curated by Tara McDowell at MADA Gallery, Monash University in October-November 2017.